1982 Factory Honda CB750F Race Bike

What a screamer!

This is a rare find, a 1982 Factory Honda CB750 F Racer complete with Dry Clutch and Factory Mike Velasco Race Pipe. Check out the Honda Factory Billet front racing forks with built in damping controls.  Owned by our friend Scott, this bike is vintage raced and always finishes in the top 3. The sound of this factory race engine is like no other Honda on the track. Back in the early 80's, this is why Honda was so dominant backed by a Factory that was very progressive at that time.  It is a great example of early day AMA race machinery.

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1984 Honda VF750 HRC Built Race Bike

 The inside story on this Honda HRC VF750 Race Bike!
 

This  amazing piece of history was on display at this year's festival. It's  owned by our good friend Gilles, who acquired it in 2014 from a  collector. The bike is fully documented and has been featured in a  number of articles over the  years.  It's our understanding that only a  few of these HRC Vintage Super Bikes remain from the original lot built in  Japan by HRC, which has been said to be around 12 bikes.  A couple of them were destroyed in fires from race crashes and the majority  of them were sent back to Japan where the frames were crushed. This is a  real find and as you can see in the photo's, it is a gorgeous bike.  I  had the pleasure to ride it around the paddock for a few rounds and the  sound of the engine is unique and the riding position was comfortable.
  
Here is the quick story on it's history, it was raced back in 83/84 by  Sam McDonald who raced for Honda America and at the end of the season,  Sam had signed with another race team, which meant there was a spare bike  kicking around Honda America.  Back in the UK, Honda Britain was getting  ready for upcoming season and was going to be sponsored by Rothman's  for the coming new year.  The team was just waiting for their new crop of  Honda NS500's which had not arrived yet so with that said, Ron Haslam,  Honda Britain's top rider approached the team manager and asked if he  could  do   Daytona.   One thing led to another and with a spare bike  in the  US available to Ron to ride at Daytona   and it was a done deal. Ron also  arranged for one of their mechanics to accompany him to America.   It was  George Dziedzic who would be joining Ron and bring along some spare  parts including the required parts to convert a VF750 over to a right  hand shift as per Ron's requirements along with some tools and off they  went to America to Daytona.
 

Upon arrival at Daytona, they learned they would be sharing the garage  with Wes Cooley and his crew.   The big surprise came when they entered  the garage area only to learn that the bike Ron was going to riding was  scattered all over the garage in parts.   They found a freshly built  engine sitting at one end and the  frame at the other end of the garage area.  George realized he would have his work cut out for him and he immediately started to  gather up whatever he could and while taking a quick inventory, he realized  that quite a few  key parts were no where to be found in the garage.                   
 

Thankfully parked outside the garage area was the Honda America Parts  Trailer that would have everything needed   to put this VF750 back  together so Ron could run Daytona. There was one small issue though, no  account number  =   no parts! I guess you could say that it may have been  some divine intervention as magically an account number,  shall we say that was  made available allowing George to pick up everything he would need from  the Honda America / HRC Parts Truck, what an absolute  stroke of pure luck!                
 

With George's nose to the grind stone and with some real welcome help from  Wes Cooley's Mechanics, the bike was put  back  together.   A sign  painter hand painted  "Rocket Ron"  on the front fairing,  the bike was ready to test out.
 

Word  has it that Ron  and  George spoke with the  Honda America Team Mgr. Steve McLaughlin about wanting to run the  bike before things got  underway at Daytona.   I think it was Steve who came up with the idea of  testing it out on a highway.  So early the next morning and basically  under the cover of dark, the HRC VF750 was unloaded from a van on a quiet  stretch of Florida  highway,   George  was able to give the VF 750 a good  couple of runs up and down the highway as the sun was starting to come  up.   It ran well and back in the van it was loaded up and the rest is  history.                         
 

Ron Haslam finished 4th at Daytona in 85 and who knows,  if they just had  some more time at hand, a podium finish may have been in the cards in 1985.  But you  have to admit,  that after hearing this great story,   it was an amazing  outcome that Ron was able finished 4th at Datona  which would have not  been possible without  all the  help and  determination of  his dedicated Mechanic Mr. George Dziedzic.  It's a great story and after riding the bike myself  around  the  paddock for a few rounds,   it  had my  blood flowing  with  visions  of riding  this  beast on the  track &  winding  it out on the back straight.   Thanks and I hope you really enjoyed reading the inside story & viewing photo's on this Factory HRC Machine! 


VSB Moto   August 2016
 

Yamaha TZ 750 Race Bike

TZ 750 from Australia

Our good friend Bill White from Victoria sent us these photo's. This TZ belongs to a good friend of his. Bill has a great group of mates that build and race Vintage Super Bikes down-under. This frame was made by another good friend of ours, Denis Curtis from CMR Racing Products Inc. here in Canada. Denis specializes in building frames for a number of vintage  race bikes including TZ frames and ships his frames all over the world. 

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1968 MV Agusta 350 Grand Prix Racer

MV Agusta was one of the Factories that dominated  Grand Prix Racing in this era. This Factory built racer was meant for business with a full open 3 into 3 Race Exhaust System. The air cooled roller bearing crank engine had gear driven double over head cams with 4 valves per cylinder which was fed by the 3 Dell'Orto SS30 Carbs. Maximum power was close to 70 Horse Power at 15,000 RPM transferring it's power through a dry clutch to it's 7 speed transmission. Throw in magnesium cases and you have the recipe for a technical state of the art design for that time when Factories were pushing the design limits to win Grand Prix Races.

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